//So, What is Montessori?

So, What is Montessori?

How’s this for an elevator “What is Montessori?” response? (Read without the captions for the short version.)

 

 

“Montessori is an artful

 

 

Here a teacher artfully gauges how much help a child needs in deciding the next sound in his word---while helping another child start her embroidery.

Here a teacher artfully gauges how much help a child needs in deciding the next sound in his word—while helping another child start her embroidery.

 

 

and historically significant

 

 

The older Elementary children load the bus for a camping trip which is now a part of history for them.  Montessori's ideas about movement and learning, the role of choice, making independence possible, endure, not only in Montessori schools, but in many other settings.  We observe the child and design experiences that allow natural development to occur.

The older Elementary children load the bus for a camping trip which is now a part of history for them. Montessori’s ideas about movement and learning, the role of choice, making independence possible, endure, not only in Montessori schools, but in many other settings. We observe the child and design experiences that allow these natural processes to occur.

 

 

 

method of education arising from a delight in

 

 

 

A group of Primary teachers delighted by a recent exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical gardens and by having the time to spend together, talking about their work and their plans.

A group of Primary teachers delighted by a recent exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical gardens and by having the time to spend together, talking about their work and their plans.

 

 

 

and respect for the human character,

 

 

Character develops in the exchange of ideas.

Character develops in the exchange of ideas.

 

 

 

its condition and potential.”

 

 

 

A mathematical and a musical potential, for example, can be attained with refinement of the ability to discriminate early between, for example, the gradations in pitches in a chromatic scale.

A human being’s musical potential, for example, can be more easily attained with an early refinement of the ability to discriminate between pitches.  Here, a child explores the gradations in pitches in a diatonic scale.

 

 

 

“How does it work?”

 

 

 

“The Montessori classroom offers ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’ in the classical sense,

An illustration of the liberty to choose work and to speak about it freely throughout the morning.

An illustration of the liberty to choose work and to speak about it freely throughout the morning.

 

Both partners contribute equally.

Both partners contribute equally. . .

 

And a kind of kinship occurs between the children who are, in a sense, education themselves and each other with the challenge they have set for themselves.

. . .and a kind of kinship occurs between the children who are, in a sense, educating themselves and each other with the challenge they have set for themselves.

 

 

 

with  multi sensory experience

 

 

Two children pour water into molds and explore the feeling of islands and lakes, capes and bays made of clay and real, wet, sloshing& spilling water.

Two children pour water into molds and explore the feeling of islands and lakes, capes and bays made of clay and real, wet, sloshing & spilling water.

 

 

 

to enhance muscular memory.

 

 

 

The hands move quickly as a child moves all the puzzle pieces corresponding to the countries in Asia to the mat and back into the puzzle's frame again.

The hands move quickly as a child moves all the puzzle pieces corresponding to the countries in Asia to the mat and back into the puzzle’s frame again. “This is how it goes.  I feel it and I know it,” the hands seem to say.

 

 

Constructive exploration is encouraged

 

 

 

These children are working with water, clay and containers to explore the properties of air.

These children are working with water, clay and containers to explore the properties of air.

 

 

 

in an atmosphere of purposeful community effort.”

 

 

 

Elementary children enlist the help of other members of the community to help them raise money for a cause they have decided is worthy and in need.

Elementary children enlist the help of other members of the community to help them raise money for a cause they have decided is a worthy one.

 

 

 

What comes to your mind when you hear the word, “Montessori”?

 

 

 

How would you describe it to someone quickly, say, in the line at the grocery, or on the train on the way to the airport? What pictures form in your mind when you think of the Montessori classroom?

 

 

 

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2017-11-14T22:22:46+00:00By |Early Education|